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bloggers library-loving challenge!


For as long as I can remember, libraries have been my second home.

In my life, they have served as a safe haven for a latchkey child, a cool spot to hang with friends, an invaluable resource for study and research, a meeting place for like-minded folks, and a venue for attending awesome literary events, like hearing Ann Beattie read from her novels, or Nikki Giovanni recite her poetry.

I have given presentations at the library, tutored a literacy student, volunteered, and even joined my first critique group there a few years ago. It is truly one of the few places, outside my home, I have always felt comfortable.

That's why I was so excited when I heard that Jennifer R. Hubbard was organizing a Bloggers Library-Loving Challenge. As she points out, libraries all across the country are hurting from the economic crisis. Branches are closing, programs are being eliminated, staff are being let go, and fewer books are being purchased. All this at a time when people need (and are frequenting) libraries more than ever -- to borrow books, CDs, or videos instead of buying them, to attend free programs, and to access the internet.

None of us are asking for money today -- just your library loving support! Each participant has pledged a per unique commenter amount, and the total will be donated to the library of his/her choice.

Chantilly Regional Library in Fairfax County, Virginia, has been my touchstone for over 20 years. I've spent countless hours there doing research and browsing the stacks. It is where I taught Roberta, a custodian for a local elementary school, how to read. We came from such divergent backgrounds, but our love for words made us into lifelong friends (see my post about Roberta here).

For every comment received on this post between now and midnight (EST), March 28th, I will donate $1 to the Friends of CRL, up to an amount of $100 (but if you swamp me with love I'll dish out even more)!


How easy could it be? You comment, I cough up the money, the library gets a gift! If you don’t know what to say in your comment, “I love libraries” will do. 


Note that my pledge is “per commenter”—so if a single person leaves 50 comments, that still only counts once! But you can do more by spreading the word ... please link to this post, and send your friends here so they can comment and raise more money. For a complete list of participating bloggers (and to visit other sites where you can help libraries just by leaving a comment!) visit the writerjenn blog

Thank you veddy much in advance!

Of course, you get a cupcake -- chocolate with vanilla cream cheese frosting:

photo by Glorious Treats

Read more about my Library Love here.

Edited to add: The challenge is now closed, and I've reached my goal!


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Mar. 26th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
This is better than a bake sale, although I want to buy that cupcake! Yay, Jama! And yay, for libraries everywhere providing comfort and power.
Mar. 26th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Hip, hip, hooray for libraries! Awesome pictures. Of course, now I want a cupcake for breakfast.
Mar. 26th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
I'm happy to spread the library love.

BTW, My mom, sister and husband are all librarians. :-)

Mar. 26th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
I love bloggers who love libraries. Go, Jama, go!

Loree Burns
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
Elaine M.

Great idea, Jama!

My special library was the one in the elementary school where I was a teacher for many years. We had an outstanding librarian who taught me so much about children's literature. I spent many hours in the library looking for resources and for recommendations of books to use in my classroom--which was literature-based.

Later, I became the librarian in charge of this wonderful "room of books" in the center of my school. It was the perfect job for me! It was like I had died and gone to heaven. I loved sharing books with children of many different ages and working with teachers to help them bring all genres of literature to their students. And I loved doing book selections and adding wonderful new literary resources to the library collection.

Up with school libraries and school librarians!!!
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
I love libraries!
Wow...you're amazing to do this. And so is that cupcake. I want it now!
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
I love libraries! I should donate to my own . . .
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
Nothing's more delicious than a good book, is it? Although...that cupcake looks very tempting!

Thanks for treating us so hospitably--and for your donations to Friends of CRL.
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)

I'm fortunate that our local public library is (for now) doing ok. In fact, they're currently raising money for a planned expansion, turning upstairs storage space into a new bigger-and-better children's room, and turning the old children's area into a teen lounge. I'm not participating in the various fundraising activities, but I did make a direct donation for their project - that way, ALL the money will go toward it!
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
Our metropolitan library system issues educator cards that allow us to check out 50 books (above and beyond those on our regular card) and come built in with forgiveness for one lost book per year and a bit of overdue fine covered.

Many a research project and author study have been possible because of this generosity! THANK YOU CML!!!

And thank you, Jama, for raising awareness about the wonderments of libraries!
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
Mmmm. Chocolate cupcakes for breakfast! (I'll skip the cream cheese.)

Thanks for doing this, Jama. Libraries are so important.

Edited at 2009-03-26 02:13 pm (UTC)
Mar. 28th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
I hope you raise Lots! of $$'s
Thanks for the chocolate cupcake!
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
libraries = our last hope
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Librraries can't get enough love! Jama,thanks for participating in this wonderful challenge.

I love your story about Roberta.

Mar. 26th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
I LOVE LIBRARIES! And I love that you taught someone to read. I keep wanting to volunteer to do that. What a nice reminder.

Mar. 26th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Well, I love libraries, so here you go!
Mar. 26th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
I love libraries. I have always loved libraries. I will always love libraries.
Barbara B.
Mar. 26th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
Library love
I love libraries!!! I'm going to talk to my kids about how we can contribute to ours.

Mar. 26th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Libraries are so cool. Wouldn't it be great if there was a Library that was a B&B? My house is filled with books, but it will never be as cool as the library.
Mar. 26th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, that cupcake looks yummy...and I definitely do love libraries :) Thanks for doing this, Jama!
Mar. 26th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Libraries rock. (Spoken as both an author and the parent of two young kids.) Thanks for doing this!
Mar. 26th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Yay for libraries and those who love them.
Mar. 26th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Considering that my husband is a librarian (just started his first professional library job after a few years in high-tech), and I took the Wienermobile to two libraries a few years ago and had Oscar Mayer donate money to them... I obviously love libraries! And unfortunately, the library system my husband works for is having serious budget cuts, having to cut book and magazine buying by a lot right now, and not being able to fill their open children's librarian position--eek!
Mar. 26th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
What a great idea! I love it!!! And I love libraries!
Mar. 26th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Libraries are my passion. Thank you for doing this.
Mar. 26th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
I love libraries!

Thanks for participating in this. Beautiful! <3
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